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  • IF YOU HAVE the good fortune to visit Rockport, Maine, you’ll want to stop in at our Cowbird colleague Peter Ralston’s art gallery. The last time I was in that building (1983), I was enjoying a hearty breakfast in the restaurant that occupied the space at the time.

    While we were vacationing last week, at a charming cottage on Washington Pond, we took a little 30-mile frolic down to the coast on a day too overcast for our usual aquatic activities. From the first time I saw the place — on a port call aboard the bareboat charter sloop La Vita out of York Harbor — dear God, 30 years ago! — Rockport has been one of my absolute favorite places on the planet.

    Anyway, on a whim, we popped into the Ralston Gallery, and there he was!

    “You’ll be Peter, I presume?” said I.

    He looked a bit confused. “I’m Clem,” I explained, “from Cowbird.” We shook hands, and had a very friendly but altogether too brief visit.

    We saw on the walls a number of the images which have graced these pages — but (if possible) even more elegant in full format, framed and well-lit. My favorites of the moment were Holding Ground (image of a lobster boat at anchor in a choppy, wintry looking sea) and that iconic, craggy-faced portrait of Andrew Wyeth.

    We were in Maine for a week-long family reunion centered around my brother Steve’s home in Searsmont. We actually shifted the festivities on Saturday to the Lazy Lodge, a camp on nearby Washington Pond. I had the dubious honor of being the senior family member on hand, and proved it constantly with my clumsiness getting in and out of boats. Aging ain’t for sissies.

    We missed another Cowbird encounter. Kathy Weinberg’s home is just up the road from Steve’s place, but she was elsewhere on business. I signed a copy of my novel and left it for her, and I hope she enjoys it.

    Attached, for your dining and dancing pleasure, are some images from our trip.
  • Rockport Harbor------->
  • The view from Brother Steve's front window -------------->
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